Kenny Park

Art things by me
*sigh* If only.

*sigh* If only.

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of tumblring action as of late. It’s been a crazy couple of months — I bought a new place, been doing a little bit of traveling, and finished this illo for the Washington Post all the while moving into my new apartment and working my day job.

Anyway, along with the final piece I posted some process images because I thought it was a great example of how juggling art direction and your own artistic desires can be a tricky thing.

The theme for the piece was “cyber security”: White Hats vs Black Hats — those who are trying to hack into the system and those who are trying to protect it. The art director asked for an illustration that had a bit of a film noir feel, but wanted full colour. And he wanted it to look like it could be the cover of a comic book featuring two characters that were on opposing sides of a secret underground war that regular people were completely unaware of. It was a challenge figuring out the balance between all these elements but I think we came up with something that fit the bill. 

Looking at the final piece, I really wish I had a bit more time to tweak a few things (particularly the ‘bad guy’s facial expression and some of the lighting on both the characters’ faces) but the reality is that we were on an extremely tight deadline and so considering all things, I’m generally pretty happy with how it turned out.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the piece!

K

cyeux-bleus asked: your stuff's super inspirational, do you have any advice for someone trying to hone in on their personal illustration style?

Thanks Cyeux-blues. I really appreciate the kind words.

I think for many of us finding a personal style is an ongoing pursuit. I know for myself I’m always trying to explore different avenues stylistically because I don’t feel like I’m ready to completely solidify — to definitively call something my style. 

The only advice I have is to keep trying as many hats on as possible. Study styles that you find appealing/interesting, and actually mimic them, all the while asking yourself how you might do them differently/better. Maybe it’s taking a style that’s already been done before and just changing one element of it, like doing the line or shapes a different way — or seeing if you can take a simple graphic way of rendering and translating it to a more realistic style, or vice versa. But I think the all of these exercises that you do should be driven by your own curiosity. I think when you start to see personal style is when you as the artist begin to form opinions, whether consciously or unconsciously, about what looks good and what doesn’t.

As time goes on you should begin to see patterns form and these can serve as the basis of your style. At that point, you can decide which of those personal patterns you want to keep consistent in your work and everything else you can continue to play with.

When I look at my own work I don’t necessarily see a very defined style but one thing that I think makes my work cohesive is some of the linework and shapes — but then again it’s hard to be totally objective about your own work.

Anyway, hope that was somewhat helpful!

Best,

K

Favourite moment this summer.

Favourite moment this summer.

Hey, what do you know — it’s FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING at Inprnt.com! The promo goes until Sunday, and you can pick up some Hermes/Hermès or The Man on the Train posters at a more affordable price than usual.
You can check them out here.

 

Hey, what do you know — it’s FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING at Inprnt.com! The promo goes until Sunday, and you can pick up some Hermes/Hermès or The Man on the Train posters at a more affordable price than usual.

You can check them out here.

 

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For the past year my partner, Michael, has worked tirelessly on his book, The End of Absence. It’s about being a part of the last generation to know what it’s like before and after the advent of the internet. To read more about it click here. It’s a brilliant premise and on top of being an insightful piece of work it’s also full of humour. 
At the back of the book there’s a glossary full of terms related to this topic, one of which I’ve done an illustration to. Hope you enjoy the illo and that perhaps it helps to entice you to pick up the book this fall. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

For the past year my partner, Michael, has worked tirelessly on his book, The End of Absence. It’s about being a part of the last generation to know what it’s like before and after the advent of the internet. To read more about it click here. It’s a brilliant premise and on top of being an insightful piece of work it’s also full of humour. 

At the back of the book there’s a glossary full of terms related to this topic, one of which I’ve done an illustration to. Hope you enjoy the illo and that perhaps it helps to entice you to pick up the book this fall. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Freckles.
Sometimes they’re all the accessory you need.

Freckles.

Sometimes they’re all the accessory you need.

liger-inuzuka asked: Would you be so kind to tell us more of your Hermes/Hermes series? It passed by us and we mistook it for a comic, but find that the name is a luxury brand. Is it a personal project of yours? Thank you for your time.

Hi liger-inuzuka,

Yes, it is a personal project! It’s been a long running dream of mine to illustrate ads for big fashion houses and in doing these illustrations I was able to indulge in that fantasy.

The Hermes concept came from my childhood confusion of the Hermès brand for the Greek messenger god, Hermes - a connection I’m sure that everyone makes. But I was surprised when doing a little research that no one (as far as I can tell) has taken advantage of this obvious connection! Funny enough, this actually made me a little nervous that perhaps the connection was too obvious and not worth moving forward with, but wanting a personal project to work on, I decided to push aside my apprehensions and go ahead with the idea.

In the end I’m glad I went through with it as I’m quite happy with the way the series turned out. And in the process I realized that what may seem obvious to me, may not be obvious to others and that sometimes the simplest ideas are the richest to mine.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to write! I noticed in the comment feed that a few people were confused by the series so I’m happy for the chance to answer your question.

Kenny

The complete Hermes/Hermès series.

Can almost see the finish line…

Can almost see the finish line…

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